Reporting Stan Brooks
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A homeless woman, known only as Grace, was found dead Sunday in the bitter cold on the sidewalk under scaffolding outside St. Brigid’s Church on the Lower East Side.
Residents tell 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks that more and more people are sleeping on the streets
Pieces of cardboard lay on the ground in the alcove Monday where the woman was found and nearby on the sidewalk, under fresh snow, were two sweaters and a glove.
Several people said the woman was a regular in and around nearby Tompkins Square Park often seen sleeping outside.
Grace’s death has left the community shocked and calling for more help for the city’s homeless.
“It’s kind of hard for Americans to be living in the streets and they don’t have a place for these homeless to move in especially when it’s under 20 degrees, it’s very sad, because the girl was young,” one man said.
“The cops are always travelling around they must have seen her, nobody picked her up,” another man said.
“This is something that just shouldn’t have happened, it’s horrible,” one woman said.
The NYPD has not released the name of the woman who was believed to be in her 30s. The cause of death is under investigation although police said they do not suspect any criminality.
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